July 1st, 2012 – How I Met My Husband – Uche Jombo
Nollywood actress Uche Jombo (Uche Jumbo) definitely surprised her curious fans by marrying an American / Puerto Rican born man named Kenney Rodriguez.
In this latest interview by Bella Naija’s Ademola Adeyemo, she revealed why she kept her wedding secret and many more.
Read interview excerpts below
The news has been buzzing for a while that you got married in Puerto Rico last month, but you’ve been quiet about it. Why?
Because I have an exclusive publication already on that and eventually, BN would also have it. I also don’t want it to just be all over the place. The whole point was doing something that is totally unexpected.
People were busy writing what they didn’t know. I have a right to say this is the information I want out and this is the information I don’t want out. Also because it has stopped being me and now us, we have to continuously agree to how we want stuff done. I am from a different background and my partner is from a different background. We just wanted to savour the moment.
I’m itching to hear more about your wedding. Was it a fairy tale kind of wedding?
It was exactly the kind of wedding I wanted. Every bride has a dream wedding. I had always wanted that kind of simple beach wedding. I went on vacation last year in Puerto Rico Island and I loved it and I said I would like to come back there for my wedding.
Tell me about your husband. Where is he from? How did you meet him?
Contrary to what i’ve been hearing in the media, he is American and not from Puerto Rico. He has been to Puerto Rico twice and those times were with me. Once on vacation and then we went back for our wedding. He is a New Yorker, he works and lives in New York.
Also, contrary to what I’ve been hearing that I met him online, no I did not. He came to talk to me about some business venture and that’s how we started talking. I met him through a mutual friend who is his business partner.
What attracted you to him? His positive energy, it’s amazing.
How long did you date before getting married? Not up to a year. I met him last year.
Was there any particular reason why Desmond Elliott was the only Nollywood star that attended your wedding?
He is one of my oldest friends in Nollywood. I don’t know anybody as long as I’ve known Desmond in Nollywood.
Were you able to have most of your family members in Puerto Rico to share your memorable day with you?
No, not everybody.
What is the most romantic thing your husband has ever said or done for you?
He is not like anybody I’ve met before. He is certainly the most romantic person I’ve ever met in my whole life, needless to say that is why I married him.
Wow, that’s really sweet. How did he propose to you?
He actually proposed twice! The first time, we just continued talking. The second time, we went jet skating and I was so scared. The water was so deep, you had to swim like eight feet into the water to get to the bike. I consider myself a very good swimmer but that day, the tides kept pushing me back.
By the time I got there, I was so mad, I said “I am so going to kill you” and he said “why don’t you just marry me and then you can kill me afterwards”. And I was like “very funny”, and he said “you haven’t given me an answer”. That was when I knew. Since I didn’t kill him there I said I was going to go back to that exact beach and have our wedding there.
You’re here in Nigeria and he is back in America. How are you coping with the long distance separating you both?
It’s not really long distance because I’m only here when I’m working. When I’m not working, I’m with him.
I know it’s been just over a month now but how has married life been for you so far?
Well, we just started so we are still at that point where everything is rosy.
Is there going to be any name change for you?
There was in the marriage license but because I’m a brand, in order not to confuse people, you can still call me Uche Jombo.
Uche Jombo and Mrs. Rodriguez are two different people. One is the brand and one is the wife.
According to reliable sources very close to Uche Jombo’s husband, the pair met online last year.
Kenney Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican.
His parents are Puerto Ricans. He was born in the United States.